The UFC is going all-out in establishing their newly-announced flyweight division.
That's because Tatame.com reports that Brazilian bruiser John "Mão de Pedra" Lineker (19-5), who captured the Jungle Fight 61 kg. title in September with a split decision over Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Brazil hopeful Ilarde Sabino Belo dos Santos, has been signed by the world's largest fight promotion and will compete at 125-pounds.
Lineker, 20, joins the UFC in the midst of a fantastic 13-fight winning streak. Seven of those have come in in 2011 alone.
The mohawked brawler, after losing five of nine fights in 2009, established himself as one of the premier prospects in Brazil with an iron chin, reckless abandon, and serious power in his hands. Throughout his rampage, Lineker frequently expressed a desire to fight inside the Octagon.
Looks like he got his wish. And considering he's been my favorite Brazilian prospect for a while, let me be the first to tell you all you're in for a treat.
Videos of Lineker in action after the jump.
The flyweight division is set to debut March 3, 2012, with a doozy of a four-man tournament, featuring TPF champion Ian McCall, Shooto champion Yasuhiro Urushitani, and former bantamweight contenders Demetrious Johnson and Joseph Benavidez.